by Dawn Metcalf, author of Invisible
Do you remember falling in love that first time? Do you remember how it took over life so completely? Can you remember how perfect that person was? How they were beautiful and smart and funny and understood you in ways that were almost scary. How it was something like saying hello and something like coming home and almost-but-not-quite like falling backwards off a cliff? There’s nothing like the first time at first love.
INDELIBLE is a “first time” book—first time for falling in love, first time holding hands, first time feeling all the feels; that first touch, that first kiss. Writing it was a first for me, too, being the first book in my first series and the most exciting thing of all was getting permission to go past all those firsts and explore beyond those early fluttery fireworks to get at what makes a relationship tick (and keep on ticking)!
Ink and Joy’s relationship evolves in book two. In fact, I think that is the best thing about INVISIBLE because we get to go beyond the “honeymoon” stage of first love and see what’s really there under the surface; deeper than we thought and more foreign than we knew. After the first, blissful nose dive into romance, we come up for air and realize that, okay, maybe this person isn’t the best looking person on the planet and, okay, that cute little laugh is kinda irritating, and wait a minute—they don’t really believe what they just said, do they…?
That sound you hear is reality setting in.
It slowly dawns on you that this is not some ideal angel who appeared for the single purpose of mirroring your personal fantasies in every way, but a living, breathing, thinking person who has opinions, thoughts and quirks completely independent of yours. That’s not a bad thing necessarily, but it can come as quite a shock. We now look at this person with new eyes and try to make the Before and After images fit. How can our lover be both familiar and a stranger, newly exciting and off-putting, demanding information and compromises—this is when we have to decide whether we were right about this “love” thing or maybe, just maybe, we’ve been stupid. It feels a little bit rocky and a lot like betrayal. Joy and Ink get to go there.
They start to wonder, start to question both themselves and their instincts, worry a little more and quarrel for the first time. They don’t always agree. They don’t always get what they want. They don’t always want the same things. And that’s when they begin to see—really see—the person in front of them instead of the projection of what they thought they were. This is the true first: learning to love the real person and not the fantasy, accepting someone for who they are and who they aren’t.
You’ll just have to read the next book, INVISIBLE, and see whether “first love” is the same thing as “forever.”
Dawn Metcalf ’s second book in the Twixt series, INVISIBLE, is available on September 30th. You can keep up with news, contests, giveaways and current events on her website www.dawnmetcalf.com. She has been married to her husband for fifteen years this October.
Discover more about Invisible by visiting these blog tour stops!
- Monday, September 15th -Fiktshun
- Wednesday, September 17th -Istyria Book Blog
- Friday, September 19th -Refracted Light Reviews
- Monday, September 22nd -Books and Things
- Wednesday, September 24th -A Book and a Latte
- Friday, September 26th -Addicted Readers
With the power to change everything.
Joy Malone wants it all—power, freedom and the boyfriend who loves her. Yet when an unstoppable assassin is hired to kill her, Joy learns that being the girl with the Sight comes with a price that might be too high to pay. Love will be tested, lives will be threatened, and everyone Joy knows and cares about will be affected by her decision to stand by Ink or to leave the Twixt forever.
Her choice is balanced on a scalpel’s edge and the consequences will be more life-altering than anyone can guess.
About Dawn Metcalf:
The role of Dawn Metcalf will be played by the tall brunette in the off-the-shoulder, floor-length leather straitjacket. Makeup by Clinique, buckles by Jada Pinkett Smith, hair by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.
I have no good excuse for the way I write. I lived in a normal, loving suburban home, studied hard, went to college, went to graduate school, got married, had babies and settled down in northern Connecticut. Despite this wholesome lifestyle, I’ve been clearly corrupted by fairy tales, puppet visionaries, British humor and graphic novels. As a result, I write dark, quirky and sometimes humorous speculative fiction.